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August 20. 2014 9:27PM

Hassan, Havenstein both raise nearly $2m

CONCORD — Both Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Republican gubernatorial candidate backed by the GOP establishment, Walt Havenstein, raised about $2 million for the reporting period that ended Friday, but the former CEO of BAE Systems loaned his campaign about three-quarters of the money he raised.

The other major gubernatorial candidate, Republican Andrew Hemingway, only raised $100,245 for his campaign, about a quarter of the money a loan from the candidate.

Hemingway released a statement after his campaign filed his report saying only “David Brat,” referring to the Tea Party candidate who defeated U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor earlier this year in the Republican primary for the Virginia District U.S. House seat.

In the first campaign contribution reports — filed three weeks before the Sept. 9 primary — Hassan raised $2.1 million from 3,300 contributors.

However the figure includes $33,000 in contributions from two unions that were returned because they came a day after she officially filed for governor.

The Hassan campaign spent $889,725 through Friday and has $1.2 million in cash on hand.

“I’m honored to receive the support of workers, families and businesses from every corner of New Hampshire for our efforts to bring people together across party lines to solve long-standing challenges and keeping our economy moving in the right direction,” Hassan said.

In a statement, her campaign said the more than $2 million raised is the most by a gubernatorial candidate for the August reporting deadline in more than a decade.

The single largest contribution to Hassan’s campaign was from Emily’s List, a political action committee that helps pro-choice, Democratic females running for office.

Havenstein’s campaign raised $1.99 million, spent $657,904 and has $1.3 million in cash on hand.

Havenstein loaned his campaign a total of $1.4 million, or nearly three-quarters of what he raised, according to his report filed with the Secretary of State. Family members contributed another $20,000 to his campaign.

The GOP state Senate PAC raised more money than the Democrats’ state Senate PAC, $207,521 to $89,788, and has more money than the Democrats, $174,984 to $103,243.The House Democrats PAC raised $34,031 for the reporting period and has cash on hand of $77,498, while the House GOP PAC raised $17,330, and reports $55,840 of cash on hand.

The State Democratic Party has raised $1.1 million to date, spent $1 million and has $104.891 in cash on hand.

The state GOP report was not available.

Candidates have to file contribution and receipts reports Sept. 3.

grayno@unionleader.com


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